Verstehen: Human Understanding or Comprehension?, University of Castilla-La Mancha

The aim of this congress is to examine relevant aspects concerning the concept of ‘Verstehen’ viewed as a human skill by which other people’s actions or events that perceived and interpreted. In English a distinction is made between ‘understanding’ on the one hand, which refers to psychological processes whereas ‘comprehension’ denotes an objective content. Is there a difference in meaning and usage of the verbs understand and comprehend? The problem has been approached from different perspectives, including hermeneutics, phenomenology and analytic philosophy, each of which produced different results. In the context of hermeneutic tradition Verstehen was used to describe the first-person perspective that agents have on their individual experience as well as their culture, history, and society. As such, it developed in the context of the theory and practice of interpretation. Heidegger and Gadamer adopted a critical attitude towards the subjective character of Verstehen in hermeneutics. Verstehen also had a key role in Husserl’s analysis of the “lifeworld”. Wittgenstein repeatedly dealt with both, the hermeneutic and the phenomenological tradition and offered new proposals. The congress aims to re-evaluate the proposals presented until nowadays.


Wolfgang Künne  (University Hamburg)

Christian Bermes (University Landau-Koblenz)

Jocelyn Benoist (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Severin Schroeder (University Reading)

Carsten Dutt (University Heidelberg and NewYork)

Sandra Laugier (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Michel LeDu (University Strassbourg and Université d’Aix-Marseille)

Emil Angehrn (University Basel)

Antonio Marques (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Gaffal Margit (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Jesús Padilla Gálvez (University of Castilla-La Mancha)

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07 Sep 2017 - 08 Sep 2017

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Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

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